The secret archive of ‘Britain’s bravest spy’ in World War Two has been unveiled for auction – 77 years after his execution by the Nazis.
Major Francis Suttill, a criminal barrister before the war, built an underground resistance army in Nazi-occupied Europe after being parachuted behind enemy lines.
The Special Operations Executive (SOE) operative recruited hundreds of men and women to his top-secret network from his base in Paris.
SOE agents risked their lives behind enemy lines, spying on the Germans, carrying out daring acts of sabotage and arming resistance groups.
Major Suttill’s network – nicknamed Prosper – destroyed a large stock of aviation fuel for German bombers attacking London, blew up a power station and derailed three trains carrying enemy troops.
The success of Prosper made him a number one target for the Gestapo who ruthlessly hunted him down.
Major Francis Suttill, a criminal barrister before the war, built an underground resistance army in Nazi-occupied…